GISDA is a charitable company based in Caernarfon “offering vulnerable people in our society the opportunity to improve their quality of life so they aren’t disadvantaged because of poverty.” This week they brought a group of young people to Coed y Brenin to have a go at mountain biking, and I was their coach and […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I had the pleasure of running a coaching session for Iago and Steffan’s 9th birthdays last week at Coed y Brenin. They and 6 of their best friends braved the weather (it didn’t turn out too bad in the end) and headed out with me onto the trails…. Subjects we covered included braking (relative stopping […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Wheelism is once again offering guided night riding sessions at the dark and magical Coed y Brenin over the coming months. If you’ve ever fancied giving night riding a go but aren’t sure about splashing out that much cash on a set of lights, then come along and hire some lights too! We have pairs […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
It’s that time of year again. The darkness has just arrived. Fortunately it’s that time of year too, and so today at Beics Brenin the darkness came in the form of a new bike – 2013 Stumpjumper Comp Carbon HT in super slinky Testbike colours. The last time I rode a bike this stealthy was […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Usually when I ride in an event I try to finish somewhere near the front. I don’t always succeed, but I’m not often very close to the back of the pack. However, this Sunday I had the pleasure of riding the sweep on the second half of the Coed y Brenin Enduro, and that meant […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
On Saturday evening I rode the Exposure Lights Big Night Out marathon at Ruthin. I’d been away for the previous two days at a wedding, arrived home late, and had literally thrown my bike kit into the car before heading to work on the morning of the event. So, when I arrived at Ruthin after […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Hurray, hurrah, whoopeee, and root-tee-toot! The summer is over! Now don’t get me wrong – I love the summer as much as the next man, it’s just that the summers here in mid-Wales are when ‘The Outsiders’ come. The school holidays bring tourists by the bus load, car load, van load, and train load, all […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
It might have been the thunder. Perhaps it was the torrential rain. Or maybe it was the warnings about the road closure. Whatever though, I didn’t predict a great turnout for the inaugral Garneddwen Ten time trial. As it happened though, there were twice as many riders as I’d expected. Two. Me and Andy Braund […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
You don’t get days like these very often. In fact they rarely happen at all. It started with an early morning blast around the Minotaur trail at Coed y Brenin – they’ve just opened the 3rd loop, which climbs parallel to the River Gain towards the waterfalls on the Gain and Mawddach rivers. It’s a […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
This week I’ve had the pleasure to run some sessions for Machynlleth Youth Club as part of the Powys Xtreme series of summer activities. Day One was at Coed y Brenin, looking at some underlying MTB skills that can help any rider to improve their riding – braking, wheel lifts, cornering etc. We followed up […]Continue Reading... No Comments.